Writing Popular Fiction

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Trade Hardcover

Release Date: 1973
Copyright: © 1972 by Dean R. Koontz
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Page Count: 232
ISBN-10: 0-911654-21-6
Cover Price: $6.95
States: No statement of printing
Back cover mentions Hanging On, Beastchild, Shattered, Starblood, Hell’s Gate, and “Chase (as K. R. Dwyer)”


Acknowledgments:  “Legacy of Terror, Demon Child are copyright 1971 by Deanna Dwyer and are quoted by permission of the author.  The Haunted Earth is copyright 1973 by Dean R. Koontz.  The appearance of the original sample chapter and outline, from which it was sold, is by permission of Lancer Books.”

p9: “…in my own novel Chase (under the pseudonym K. R. Dwyer)…”

p13: “One of my own, Blood Risk (under the pseudonym Brian Coffey)…”

p77: “In the first book of a suspense series I have just begun for Bobbs-Merrill  Blood Risk by Brian Coffey…”

p116-117 Chapter 5: Gothic-Romance

Briefly discusses writing two gothic romances with a “female by-line”.  Koontz then goes on to quote from Deanna Dwyer without acknowledging it was he.  He also claims that three Deanna Dwyer books are “yet to be published”.

p139: “Generally speaking, there are two kinds of erotic novels: the Sexy Novel and the Rough Sexy Novel. You can make a fortune on the first and little more than pocket money on the last. Big Sexy Novels are written by Harold Robbins, Jacqueline Susann, Henry Sutton, Morton Cooper, Rona Jaffe, and many others. Six figure incomes are a starting place in the Big Sexy Novel field, with million dollar rewards if you achieve the position of a Robbins or a Susann. Rough Sexy Novels are written by, among hundreds of others, Marcus Van Heller, Ann Griffin, Tor Kung, Peggy Swenson, Marco Vassi, and Jesse Taylor. Their financial rewards average between $1,000 and $3,000 a book, and they do not even receive the fringe benefits of national fame accorded the BigSN writer-to say nothing of the subsidiary rights a RoughSN novelist rarely ever profits from.”

Marcus Van Heller is a pseudonym of John Stevenson
Tor Kung is a pseudonym of Jack Gilbert & Jean Maclean
Peggy Swenson is a pseudonym of Richard E. Geis
Marco Vassi (not a pseudonym)
Jesse Taylor (unknown)

p148: “None of these, however, would be appropriate titles for the RoughSN, which must come on much more forcefully, as these several examples attest: Share the Warm Flesh, Thirteen and Ready!, Swapper’s Convention, Sextet, Thrust, and Hung!.

According to Dean:
“When the editor requested that I add two genres to the book—erotica and westerns—the publisher was agreeable to having [redacted] ghost both chapters, since as both an editor and a writer, he had more experience of these markets than I did.”
–Letter to the Author


Science Fiction Collector #7 - July 1979Listed as an item for sale by publisher J. Grant Thiessen in issue #7 of The Science-Fiction Collector, July 1979, p47.

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